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Travel the scenic way in our taxi boats and save time as we take you from the shores of Montezuma to Jaco beach and back. Our boats depart daily from the center of Montezuma a 9:30am for the one-hour ride across to the mainland.
Departures leave from Herradura beach, just north of Jaco, at 10:45am for the return trip to Montezuma at 12:00pm.
Travel the scenic way in our taxi boats and save time as we take you from the shores of Montezuma to Jaco beach. Our boats depart daily from the center of Montezuma a 9:30am for the one-hour ride across to the mainland. Departures leave from Herradura beach, just north of Jaco, at 10:45am for the return trip to Montezuma.
You’ll have the opportunity to see dolphins, whales, Manta Rays and other marine wildlife. We can also help you arrange transportation onward from Jaco to Manuel Antonio or San Jose or from Montezuma to Mal Pais, Santa Teresa or Tambor. It’s the fastest and most exciting way to travel... Get to know the real Costa Rica.
Speed Boat Taxi Transfer to Jaco Beach (and other destinations on request):
The trip to Jaco (Herradura) by boat is one hour. Don’t take the long way. Take our boat directly from Montezuma Beach to Jaco. You may also have the chance to see dolphins, whales and other marine wildlife. Ask about other destinations!
Taxi Boat to and from Jaco
The private speed boat, taxi boat or water taxi to Montezuma or Jaco is one of the best way of transportation in this area of Costa Rica. Saving up to 7 hours of hot and uncomfortable trip by land, the taxi boat most accurate way to get to Montezuma or Jaco.
Taxi Boat Jaco Montezuma
We ended up staying two nights here and then leaving via private taxi boat across the awesome Nicoya Gulf, ($30USD ea), for a 1 hour transfer to the to town of Jaco (which would have taken us at least 8 hours of busing / ferries to get to otherwise.
So in a few minutes we're off to taxi a “Taxi Boat” up the coast to Montezuma, which is on the peninsula on the north pacific side of Costa Rica. I've wanted to go to this area for a while now! See the image on how we'll cut across the ocean to get there. The boat is an hour instead of the many (treacherous) hours driving up the coast, and probably more scenic :)
We live for introducing like-minded adventurers to the natural beauty hidden away in the outer reaches of this region - a good many sights rarely seen by the human eye. We guarantee an adventure that reflects our long standing commitment to real life-changing experiences and world-class service.
Central Valley Region of Costa Rica
Judging by its exterior, the capital city of Costa Rica, San José, is merely an ugly conglomerate of outdated commercial buildings and decrepit infrastructure—potholed streets and crumbling sidewalks that wind without reason through a mishmash of seemingly thrown together corrugated metal and plaster. But beyond this superficial analysis, Chepe, as the city is referred to by locals, is a very cosmopolitan city that can be categorized as something in between a modern North American metropolis and the standard Central American capital.
Indeed, San José transitions from a commercial block of department stores, chic cafés, and fast-food establishments to the haphazard residential areas characteristic of Latin America in an instant. While the city is not by any means an ideal place to vacation, San José posses a certain charm, the result of being the nation’s cultural hub. The capital is home to numerous restaurants, museums, parks, and many other forms of diversion that are typical of large population centers. Another attractive characteristic of San José is its temperate weather, which can be quite a relief, particularly during the summer months. Because of its relatively high elevation—3,839 feet (1,170 m)—the city, like the rest of the Central Valley, is always a pleasant temperature year-round, with very limited showers.
Population in San José exploded during the latter half of the twentieth century, following the Second World War. Today 309,672 people—2000 estimate—call the San José canton home and a million more live in surrounding suburbs, comprising about 40% of the nation’s total population. Historically San José was only a small village that came to prominence because its fertile soil made for excellent farming. Two years following independence from colonial Spain (1821), the joint Republican strongholds of San José and Alajuela defeated the pro-Mexican Democrats of Heredia and Cartago—the previous capital—in a brief civil war that established San José as the capital of the burgeoning nation.
The introduction of coffee to the Central Valley in the early nineteenth century fueled San José’s prosperity as the city embraced capitalism. An urban merchant class rose as the result of coffee trade, who looked to Europe as an architectural muse.
Because of its relatively late start in terms of development, San José is mostly devoid of antique colonial architecture and the typical stand-out monuments found in other Latin American cities. Rarely is a building more than 100 years old. Instead plentiful circa World War II era buildings fill the city’s skyline, eliciting a feeling that San José is still in its infancy—a growing municipal center, that largely retains a small town vibe.
The vast majority of visitors spend no more than a couple days here, before departing for the picturesque beaches and national parks that have defined Costa Rica as a premier tourist destination. The city’s central location makes it ideal for traveling to such destinations, as well as its extensive transportation services—buses leave to just about anywhere throughout the day, and Juan Santamaría International Airport offers flights to the rest of the nation’s airstrips.
Because it is such a large city, tourism services are the most extensive in the country. Most tourist agencies are headquartered in San José to better facilitate visitor’s travel around the nation. Also, the Costa Rica Tourism Board offers information, maps, and itinerary to those looking to plan on the go, or who require information regarding anything, literally.
Accommodations are extensive as in any big city. Hotels can be had according to whatever budget, however, high season—December to May—can present some challenges to visitors without reservations. Reservations should be made three months in advance during the last few weeks of December, around Christmas time, as hotels space quickly fills up. Many of the city’s budget hotels are just west of downtown, near Center Street (Calle Central). Home-stays are also an option for those looking to immerse themselves effortlessly into the culture.
Downtown San Jose
Most visitors flock to the city’s downtown, negotiating the bustling urban gridiron, using the pedestrian-only Central Avenue (Avenida Central) for reference.
Culture Plaza (Plaza de la Cultura) provides an ideal location to begin exploring the city’s urban attractions, although is not of much interest in itself. The plaza is a central meeting point for locals and foreigners alike. Ongoing street acts provide for great public entertainment, amidst the park’s overall tranquility. Nearby National Theater, Gold Museum, and the Tourism Information Office (ICT) are the main reason for stopping by.
South of the plaza is the National Theater (Teatro Nacional), considered by most to be San José’s most remarkable edifice. Constructed in the 1890’s, the theater is a prominent center of tico culture. Support for a grand opera house was galvanized following the refusal of Italian opera singer Adelina Patti to perform in Costa Rica, which the prima donna attributed to poor facilities. Irate coffee barons lobbied for a tax on coffee exports to fund the construction of a new venue.
The exterior of the National Theater is stylish, yet somewhat lacking in inspiration. However, the building’s interior is quite spectacular—the marble staircases, golden ceilings, and patterned wood floors alone are worth the visit.
Below Culture Plaza, in the basement of ICT, lies the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum (Museo de Oro Precolombino) that houses a collection of ancient gold pieces and trinkets. Also of interest is the attached Numismatic Museum (Museo Numismático), which displays pre-Columbian currencies from centuries past.
Between Avenida 2 and 4 on Calle Central is the bustling Central Park (Parque Central) where city dwellers rendezvous and socialize. To the north is the prominent Melico Salazar Theater—named after the famous Costa Rican tenor—and Soda Palace, a lively 24-hour restaurant that is frequented by local intellectuals. East of Parque Central is the unremarkable neoclassical Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropólitano), built in 1871.
Northeast of Central Park is Morazán Park (Parque Morazán), which encompasses four city blocks. The dome-shaped Temple of Music lies at the park’s center, the intersection of Calle 7 and Avenida 3. An authentic Japanese garden and other statues can be found within the park.
Adjacent to the Morazán Park is Spanish Park (Parque España), a tranquil bastion of tall trees from which birds perch and sing throughout the day, reaching their apex at dusk. The Belgium made Metallic Building (Edificio Metálico) lies to the northwest—a striking attraction that required years of assembly and today houses a school.
North of Morazán is the Jade Museum (Museo de Jade), perhaps Costa Rica’s most outstanding museum. Home to the largest collection of American jade in the world, this is one museum that visitors should not overlook. Other ceramic exhibits, stonework, and gold pieces complete the museum, which are arranged according to the specific cultural region from whence they came. Located on the eleventh floor of the impressive glass INS Building, the museum offers expansive views of the surrounding cityscape as well.
One of the inner-city’s largest open areas, Democracy Plaza (Plaza de la Democracia) is located in downtown’s east. A statue pays tribute to Jose Maria "Don Pepe" Figueres, the father of Costa Rica’s modern democracy. The National Museum (Museo Nacional) lies to the east, within the bullet riddled Bellavista Fortress, an ex-army headquarters. The museum houses a number of historical exhibits, including jade, gold, and colonial art.
Kittycorner from Plaza de la Democracia is the Moorish style National Palace (Palacio Nacional), where the nation’s legislative assemblies are held.
The pleasant National Park (Parque Nacional), located in east San José, is the city’s largest inner-city park. At the park’s center is the National Monument, which depicts Central American regulars driving out the filibuster William Walker. A statue of Juan Santamaría, a national hero, is located to the park’s southwest. The National Library (Biblioteca Nacional), the country’s central library, covers the northwest portion of the park. The National Center of Art and Culture (Centro Nacional de Artes y Cultura) hosts several art galleries, as well as a theater.
West San Jose
The avenues broaden west of downtown, revealing open spaces and even the occasional tree or garden, as the city’s density gradually declines. The general bustle of the main-drag, Paseo Colón, makes its way past the General Cemetery, an elegant collection of headstones that deserve the attention of passers-by. Families gather on All Souls Day and All Saints Day to commemorate deceased love ones.
Up ahead is the tranquil Savannah (Sabana) Metropolitan Park, a wonderful place to escape the commotion of downtown. Woodlands and large open spaces comprise the enormous park that was once the city’s main airport. Its many trails are utilized by the park’s seemingly omnipresent joggers; its wide open spaces serve the recreationally inclined—kite flyers, soccer players, and youth simply wanting to run of some steam. Weekends are dominated by family centered activities—picnics amongst large extended familial groups are a common occurrence.
Also within the park is the National Gymnasium, a venue for large pop concerts; the biggest mainstream names play shows here for mass audiences. National Stadium lies to the south, hosting everything from soccer games to presidential inaugurations. Nearby are courts for volleyball, tennis, basketball, as well as fields for soccer and baseball, and an Olympic-size swimming pool.
The Museum of Costa Rican Art is housed in the old airport traffic control tower, displaying a number of works from tico painters and sculptors. French artist Luis Ferrón constructed the Salon Dorado, whose metal relief mural depicts the history of Costa Rica.
Located in the southwest quadrant of the park is La Salle Natural Science Museum, featuring a number of exhibits related to zoology, archeology, as well as the nation’s only paleontology exhibit. Exhibits are mainly artificial recreations of fauna, however, a live exhibit does host some intriguing wildlife.
San Jose Costa Rica
San José, capital of Costa Rica, is also the largest city, the seat of the government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of this Central American nation. Because of the city’s location in a mountainous valley in the middle of the country, San José is an ideal jumping off point to explore Costa Rica’s thriving rainforests or an excellent place to cool down after tanning at the beach. This city lies at a mean elevation of 1,161 m above sea level and enjoys a stable climate throughout the year, with an average temperature of 23°C and precipitation of 150 mm per month.
Founded in 1738, San José is one of the youngest capitals of Latin America by its year of foundation, though it was not named capital until 1823. Nowadays, it is a modern and cosmopolitan city, with approximately a third of the country’s population living downtown and in the surrounding suburbs. Officially, the city's current population is 346,799, inhabiting the area corresponding to San José canton, the first of twenty administrative units in San José province, though, the metropolitan area stretches beyond the canton limits. San José exerts a strong influence on a wider geographical range because of its proximity to minor cities such as Alajuela, Heredia.
San José is home to many of most important institutions in the country and in Central America. For instance, Universidad de Costa Rica (University of Costa Rica), which was established in 1843 with the name of Universidad de Santo Tomás (University of Saint Thomas) and the international airport Juan Santamaría, which is located 23 km west of downtown, near Alajuela. Another important institution located in San José is the headquarters of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
The city offers to its visitors a wide variety of hotels and accommodations, theatres, museums, restaurants, markets, golf courses, casinos, incredible nightlife and adventure tours. San José’s main points of interest are concentrated in a compact center laid out in a grid, which makes exploring easy. Like most cities in Latin America, this city is built around a central plaza or square called the “Plaza de la Cultura”. The Plaza is the heart of the city’s pedestrian-only shopping zone which spans 8 blocks along the “Avenida Central” or Central Avenue. The Plaza de la Cultura is a gathering point for musicians, street performers and youth – making it an ideal place for people watching and is a great starting point for exploring the capital and it’s museums, churches and points of interest.
Overview of San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose is small and cozy. Although its style and architecture are contemporary, some buildings of strong European influence, mainly British and French, can still be found as a heritage of the economic coffee prosperity from the turn of the century. Towards north and west of the city, we can still appreciate some old adobe structures with tile roofs that have been preserved with care, which evoke past remembrances of the large coffee plantations and farms. Although district areas do exist, these are small quadrants for property census and electoral organization mainly. The administrative division of the country was defined by regions or cantons which have their own municipalities, and can be considered as small urban zones and towns, with their own unique personality and characteristics. Thanks to the topography, there is a great diversity of micro-climates that determine in many cases the type of production on the region. Distances are easily covered by car or public transportation.
San Jose Downtown
Very early, within the drowsiness of the dawn and the growing murmur of the first by-passers, this small city awakens indulged in laziness after a night of great food, drinking, and fun. The exquisite smell of fresh bread and recently brewed coffee from the highlands fills the air that surrounds the coffee and soda shops, meanwhile the rustling of fast-paced steps, car motors and horns increases even more.
Due to its small size, friendly and charming San Jose, or Chepe as known affectionately by the ticos is worth to be checked by foot. Not so long ago, the Central Avenue was closed to vehicle traffic and embellished with stone paving and gardens, so the tourists and locals as well could walk by in comfort or just sit down to enjoy the passing-by of the very beautiful Costarrican women!
Just ask anyone on the street: 'How are you?' The answer invariably will be: Pura Vida!(Pure Life!)
This expression explains in two words the charm, positivism, and friendliness of the local people towards a newcomer. Oh! If you do not speak Spanish, there is a very good chance you will get an answer in English!
It is important to note; that San Jose's Municipality has made great efforts to protect the security of is inhabitants and visitors as well, but some areas in downtown may be considered dangerous. However, as in any city, prevention is always a good measure.
The district of the witches! If you ever need a magic potion for luck or love, or want to cast a spell on someone, you will have to look around Escazú. This is more of a legend than a reality. Actually, Escazú has become a major commerce and entertaining area, with beautiful hotels and fabulous restaurants. Its residential zones are ample and highly priced. Located in the foothills of the mountain, you just need to go up a few meters to enjoy a breathtaking view of the whole city.
Heading West from Escazú a few kilometers on the same road, you will find the very impressive Santa Ana Valley. Its marvelous weather has helped to turn this zone into in a highly developed area in very short time. Many residents from the more dense areas, tired of the noise and turmoil have moved over to Santa Ana in a quest for tranquility and warmth.
The main produce of this region are onions that are planted in the area with great pride. Other vegetables are also produced and there is a flourishing pottery industry as well.
Montes de Oca
The district of the youth and the culture! The University City Rodrigo Facio, the Universidad de Costa Rica is located in the main urban zone, San Pedro. This area has become the preferred place for students and intellectuals. There are moderately priced small cafes and bars around the University and student boarding houses. Bed and Breakfast and apartment hotels are nearby to house the tourists. This is a very traditional commerce area of Malls, restaurants, and entertaining as well.
There are other more rural areas, farther from the city environment within San Jose. Puriscal, Tarrazú and Aserrí, as well as Acosta, Dota and Perez Zeledón standout for the beauty of their scenery, with small markets of local products and artisan stores. The travel agencies have tours to drive you over, and there is always a public transportation service and car rentals for the adventurous one. No doubt, San Jose is in all of its urban and rural expressions, a glamorous and modern great city with beautiful and wonderful towns to discover.
Introducing San José
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Introducing San José
For much of the 20th century, San José was predominantly an agricultural city. However, following the post-war baby boom, increasing urban migration completely transformed the capital in a few decades. Between the 1950s and 1980s, the city’s population increased exponentially, and explosive growth, abysmal architectural preservation and unregulated development transformed the elegant capital into a sprawling and unsightly metropolis.
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Today, Chepe, as it’s called by Ticos, is the most cosmopolitan capital in Central America. The city is packed with office towers, shopping malls and fast-food restaurants, though booming capitalism has left a large portion of the city’s residents disenfranchised. With each passing year, the outlying tugurios (slums) become more desperate and increasingly more violent, and the city is struggling to manage the growing crime rate that is atypical of the pura vida spirit.
For most travelers, a stopover in San José is regarded as a necessary evil before heading to the ‘real’ Costa Rica. However, to josefinos, as inhabitants of San José are called, San José might not be a thing of beauty, but it is the center of it all.
A few days in San José can offer a perspective on the true face of the nation and indeed there is truth to the concept of ‘beauty on your doorstep.’ The markets are vibrant and the nightlife is as sophisticated (or debaucherous) as you want it to be. San José is home numerous museums and there are a few neighborhoods where colonial stylings still radiate. More importantly however, San José is home to over one-third of all Ticos, and the assault on the sense that is Chepe is perhaps your best opportunity for understanding modern-day Costa Rica.
INFORMATION SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
Even though the International airport in Liberia, Costa Rica has greatly expanded its capacity in the last year, Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José, is still where most people arrive in Costa Rica. So, before departing on your Costa Rican beach vacation trip, you might want to sample some of the color that San Jose, Costa Rica has to offer. If you are a business traveler, take time to enjoy the entertainment, culture and great restaurants that are springing up in San Jose, Costa Rica. So, here are a few facts, ideas on what to do and what to see, in both downtown and greater San Jose.
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San Jose: Capital Of Costa Rica
San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica and is located in the Central Valley, in the province of the same name. It was founded in 1738 but was not given the name of San Jose until 1823. It is today a modern and cosmopolitan city and it is home to no less than a third of the entire country’s population. It is a typical Latin American city complete with chaos, horrific traffic and too many people walking in the streets. It is however quite small, and it is surprisingly pleasant to stroll down its small busy streets. With an altitude of 1,161 m above sea level San Jose enjoys a stable climate all year along and has an average temperature of 23°C with precipitations of 150 mm per month. This makes it a relatively pleasant place to live and many foreigners have settled in the surrounding areas and suburbs, notably in the Western part of town, in Escazu and in Sta Ana, and in the mountains of Heredia, where it is noticeably cooler and where it rains more.
What To Do In San Jose
San jose has a surprising good variety of Museums, theatres and places of interest to visit such as the Central Market, Lankester Gardens, and a couple of volcanoes and Cloud Forest that provide interesting day trips and other Tours of San Jose. Like most of Latin America City, San jose grew around its central plaza, la Plaza de la Cultura, where you will also find the National Theatre, a mini replica of the Opera de Paris, and the Gold Museum. From there you will also find the Avenida Central, a good pedestrian shopping street that leads to the fascinating Central Market, where you can indigenous herbs and remedies, souvenirs, and typical food. San Jose also has an incredible nightlife with restaurants from all over the world, bars and casinos.
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Where To Stay In San Jose
Compare to many other capital cities, San Jose is relatively quite small however the whole region is home to over a million people. When you first land you will find a good choice of airport hotels. Whether you want an apart hotel, an all exclusive, a small boutique hotel or a short-term rental, San Jose has it all and is home to some of the finest Hotels of Costa Rica. Most luxurious hotels like the Marriot, Real Intercontinental and Hotel Doubletree Cariari are located in the western suburbs of Sta Ana and Belen. Those who prefer the Centre town will be lost for choice; the Hotel Aurora Holiday Inn, the Barcelo San Jose are of the all inclusive type of hotels while the Hotel Grano de Oro, the Hotel Don Carlos or the Hotel Alta in Sta Ana are small distinctive hotels offering more privacy and are also more intimate.
Secrets Of San Jose
Many tourists now fly directly to Liberia without passing through San Jose, however the little capital is worth a visit and has more to offer than one would think at a glance. The Barrio Amon offers first class neo-classical architecture and has many awesome residences of which some have been turned into small hotels in order to survive! The museums, including the National Museum, the Gold Museum and the Jade Museums are a must see. Try and visit the Lankester Gardens on the eastern side for spectacular orchids. Travelling in San Jose is chaotic and vibrant, like any good Latin American city. San Jose is full of life and color, entertaining and fun, and as long as you use common sense, it is still one of the safest cities of Latin America.
TRYPP Plaza Corobici
Located in San Jose
Found in the lush Central Valley of Costa Rica perfectly located in San Jose is the Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel. The hotel is found just minutes from downtown and fifteen minutes from the Juan Santa Maria International Airport. The Central Valley is brimming with forests, plantations and is home to a number of volcanoes. From the hotel guests have the choice to head out into the city or drive up into the hills for some quiet time.
This large fine hotel has all the comforts one could wish for. For some entertainment try your luck at the casino, enjoy the company of friends at the bar or pamper yourself with some lovely treatments from our spa. When dining with us you can have your pick of restaurants; The El Tucan Café, El Fuji Japanese dining, and the lounge bar La Guacamaya. Take advantage of the health club offering a number of fitness classes, a sauna, gym or head out for a swim in our large pool. There are also large multi purpose conference facilities available for those traveling on business.
Here at the Crowne Plaza Corobici you’ll find a number of deluxe rooms to the luxurious Presidential suite found on the executive floor. All rooms are elegantly appointed with full amenities and come with twenty four hour room service and mini bar.
Feel free to explore the beauty of the Central Valley with a short drive into the mountains where you’ll find the national parks of the volcanoes, Poas and Irazu. Try an excellent white water rafting trip and be sure to visit the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. The city tour is a great way to learn of the history and historical sights of San Jose.
Crowne Plaza Corobici Facilities
Business center, parking, restaurants, bar, casino, swimming pool, souvenir shop, laundry, internet, on call doctor, beauty salon, fitness classes, gym, sauna
All accommodations come with private bathrooms, mini bar, room service, AC, TV, radio, a safe deposit box, internet service, telephone and an electronic key system
Aurola Holiday Inn
Located in San Jose
Dominating the downtown San Jose skyline is the centrally located Aurola Holiday Inn. The capital city of San Jose, situated in the central valley region, is among the most cosmopolitan of all Central American cities and is the home to many parks, museums, theaters, shopping districts, nightlife hot-spots and government buildings.
For the adventure seekers and those in search of natural beauty, the city serves as the perfect hub for some of Costa Rica's most revered volcanoes, waterfalls and national parks. The sleek Aurola Holiday Inn towers directly over the heart of the city. The hotel staff devotes itself to the friendly, hospitable nature that Costa Ricans are prideful of, as evidenced by the 24 hour front desk associates. You will also find comfort in the cozy atmosphere and contemporary design, which makes the hotel a local landmark.
Just a short stroll away is San Jose's famed National Museum and its pedestrian walkway where you will find an abundance of restaurants and shops. Spend a leisurely afternoon visiting the outdoor mercados (markets), Central Park, and Museo de Jade to get a taste of Costa Rican culture and history.
Along with the modern decor, the hotel features all of the amenities one can imagine. With two full service restaurants, a tour booking center, lounge, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna, beauty shop and conference rooms, the hotel is ideal for vacationing and business purposes, alike.
The hotel features over 200 spacious and fashionably decorated rooms, many equipped with stunning panoramic views of the central valley and its adjoining mountains. All rooms feature cable TVs, mini bars, safes, and coffee makers and include either two double beds or one king size.
Aurola Holiday Inn Facilities
Two restaurants, a tour booking center, lounge, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna, beauty shop, conference rooms, meeting room.
All rooms feature cable TVs, mini bars, safes, and coffee makers and include either two double beds or one king size.
Hotel Don Carlos
Located in San Jose
Hotel Don Carlos is located in one of the oldest sections of San José – Barrio Amón. Within walking distance are parks, restaurants, casinos, and museums.
Although not typically a destination in and of itself, San José – the nation’s capital – is nonetheless a convenient and sometimes captivating city. As a cultural hub, it provides travelers with several attractions, including museums, zoos, parks, and plazas. Shopping can be done, restaurants can be sampled, and bars can be hopped. Its weather is very temperate and its tourism services are extensive. Chances are that most travelers will spend a night or two in San José while entering or leaving the country – a period of time that is conducive to the rigors of international travel.
Hotel Don Carlos has been run by the same family for three generations, and it shows –from the entryway to the bedroom, a warm attention to detail is obvious at every turn. Orchids and statues decorate the public areas, and a large tile mural depicting the history of San José is housed in the lobby. The house itself has a rich cultural heritage as well, having served as the residence for two former presidential families.
Each room at Hotel Don Carlos is different, though a common thread runs through all?comfortable beds, cable TV, a private hot water bathroom and safe deposit box find their way into each room. Colorful artwork decorates the walls, ceiling fans keep the temperature cool, and desks provide an ideal spot for writing or typing. Most rooms have large windows, and several even have views of the Irazú and Barva volcanoes.
A stay here includes a continental breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant and a complimentary drink in the hotel’s bar. The helpful staff can help arrange tours and car rentals, meetings and conferences. And whether you’re coming or going, the hotel’s gift shop is one of the best in the country, a perfect place to purchase a last-minute souvenir for someone at home.
Hotel Don Carlos Facilities
Restaurant, small swimming pool, gift shop, parking, bar, tour desk, car rentals, internet terminal
Restaurant, small swimming pool, gift shop, security, continental breakfast, cable TV, private bathroom, hot water, telephone, safe deposit box, ceiling fan, hair dryer, wireless internet, parking, international calls, currency exchange, laundry service, bar, tour desk, car rentals, room service, internet terminal
Hotel Don Carlos offers 35 rooms, with standard, superior and family options. All rooms are equipped with a private hot water bathroom, cable TV, safe deposit box, hair dryer, telephone and desk.
Standard rooms have either one or two beds.
Superior rooms are larger than the standard room, and have either a king size bed or two double beds.
Family rooms are composed of two rooms separated by a shared bathroom. One room has a double bed and a sofa bed and the other has two single beds. There is a cable TV in each room, and a shared telephone, safe deposit box, and hot water bathroom.
Gran Hotel Costa Rica Ascend Collection
Located in San Jose
The Gran Hotel is located in the capital city of San Jose, Costa Rica. San Jose is the largest city in the country and considered one of the most cosmopolitan places in Latin America. It's location in the Central Valley makes for a perfect hub to venture out and visit the rest of stunning countryside, beaches and mountains. Here you'll discover an abundance of great restaurants, bars, galleries, open markets, shopping and much more.
Start your vacations by seeing some of the sights here in the city. The beautiful National Theater, found right next to the hotel in the city square, is a popular point of interest open for tours as well as live performances. Just around the corner is the Gold Museum and the National Museum which is located in an old Fort. For day excursions one can visit the Poas Volcano National Park with its amazing views and hike to the volcano and the incredible La Paz Waterfall Gardens with its cascading falls, butterfly and hummingbird gardens.
Luxury and convenience come together in a setting of classic elegance at the Gran Hotel maintaining its neo classic architecture. This historical landmark is located in the Plaza de la Cultura, "Plaza of Culture", which is the historical heart of San Jose. Come have a bite to eat and indulge your senses in the rich taste of Costa Rican Coffee at our side walk cafe, or dine in our fine restaurant serving delightful international cuisine and close the evening with a night cap at "El Bufo Dorado" bar furnished in leather and serving exotic fresh fruit cocktails.
The Gran offers 104 luxurious accommodations ranging from Superior rooms to Master Suite. All offer antique reproduction furnishings and neo-classical decor along with satellite TV, fan, private bathrooms, mini bar and views of the internal gardens (Standard rooms) and the National Theater and Plaza. The Suites range from having one or all of the following additions; a lobby, A/C, living room, dining room and private bedroom.
The Gran Hotel Facilities
Convention and Banquet Room, Restaurant, bar/ lounge, 24 hour Coffee shop, Internet & Gym, laundry service, live piano, event catering
104 luxurious rooms offer: Private Bath, Telephone, Satellite TV, 24 Hours Room service, fan and one or all of the following- lobby, living room, dining room, and private bedrooms. Junior Suite, Deluxe and Master Suite come with A/C.
Hotel Grano de Oro
Located in San Jose
Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, San Jose main thoroughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a true oasis, a sanctuary in the heart of a bustling city. San Jose is located in the Central Valley of Costa Rica known for its beauty, nature and richness in arts and culture. The city itself is considered the most cosmopolitan city in all of Central America; here you'll find unlimited shopping, international cuisine, several parks, cafes, and theatres.
Explore San Jose in more depth with a city tour that will guide you to sights of interest like the famous National Theater and National Museum. Learn all about the history and process of the best coffee in the world, Costa Rican Coffee, at the Britt Coffee Tour just outside of San Jose. For an adrenaline rush cruise down the picturesque rivers on a white water rafting excursion or experience the thrill of riding in the canopy of the rainforest on the Rainforest Aerial Tram .
Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, Hotel Grano de Oro maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home. The hotel&s charming atrium terrace and corridors have sparkling fountains and lush tropical planting, and rooftop deck that offers soothing Jacuzzis and a spot for secluded sunbathing. The restaurant at the Grano de Oro is one of San Jose&s finest, merging Costa Rican Tropical with European cuisine.
The hotel boasts Tropical Victorian style rooms with wrought-iron beds, rich damask fabrics in three jeweled color schemes along with handcrafted art and furnishings by Costa Rican artists. There are a variety of room options ranging from cozy standard to deluxe rooms and Garden Suites to Family Suites. The featured Suite of the hotel is the Vista de Oro Suite with its exquisite antiques, cool Italian tile, large in room Jacuzzi, and breathtaking view of the Central Mountain Range.
Grano de Oro Facilities
Restaurant, Jacuzzi, fountains, gardens, rooftop deck, common areas, parking, laundry service
Standard rooms-queen bed and private bathroom with shower,- Superior rooms- bathtub/ shower, queen bed,- Deluxe Room- bathtub/shower combination and either one queen and one twin bed, two queen beds, or a king-size bed.
Family Suite- A two-room suite with a queen and twin bed in one room and a queen bed in the second room,- Garden Suite- Jacuzzi tub, sitting area, and private tropical garden,- Vista de Oro Suite- private staircase, living area, Jacuzzi, large and spacious
Quality Hotel Real San Jose
Located in San Jose
The Quality Hotel Real San Jose is located in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica within the new business district of San Jose. The hotel provides a wide range of facilities and direct proximity to business centers and leisure activities.
Guests will enjoy the central location of the hotel. Quality Hotel Real San Jose is across from the Business Center Forum and just 15 minutes from the Juan Santa Maria International Airport. For times of relaxation, Costa Rica’s largest mall, the Multi Plaza Mall, is 5 minutes away, and the Valle del Sol golf course is within 3 minutes from the hotel.
The hotel facilities are available for your comfort and convenience. Four large multi-purpose rooms are open for business or social events and hold up to 80 people. An outdoor area can be used for special dinners or cocktail parties. Visitors have access to the business center, supplying the newest technology, and the hotel’s ample audio-visual equipment.
The Quality Hotel Real San Jose restaurant is open from 10 am to 10 pm. The hotel offers complimentary American style buffet breakfast and 24-hour room service. A large fitness center and outdoor swimming pool area are also available.
Business center, car rental service, convention center, currency exchange, elevators, exercise room, free full breakfast, guest use copy machine, guest use fax machine, guest laundry, meeting room, multi-lingual staff, no pets allowed, outdoor parking, outdoor pool, restaurant teleconference service, tour desk
Free Wi-Fi high speed internet, free local calls, coffee makers, cable/satellite TV, irons and ironing boards, air conditioning, desk, safe, voice mail, wake-up service
153 guest rooms, 16 extended stay rooms, 3 rooms for the disabled, free newspaper Mon-Fri, accessible features, microwave, non-smoking rooms available, refrigerator
Hotel Santo Tomas
Located in San Jose
The Hotel Santo Tomas resides in the central valley of Costa Rica, in the city of San Jose. Its ideal location makes it easy for visitors to spend several days shopping, seeing the many parks and museums, doing the walking tours, taking day trips and enjoying many other cultural activities. From the city, access to the central valley&s other attractions, including several volcanoes, national parks and waterfalls, is readily available.
Be sure to explore this rich area and its treasures. Ascend to the breathtaking summit of the Irazu Volcano for a view of the massive crater and both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Also visit the Poas Volcano, known for its massive bubbling craters that extend more than a mile wide. Other excursions include touring the local coffee plantations, repelling canyons and visiting the butterfly gardens.
This French Victorian mansion is located in Barrio Amon, which is one of the classical neighborhoods in San Jose, considered part of the National Heritage because of its architectural, historical and cultural value. The hotel offers a bar with a friendly atmosphere and international liquors and cocktails. Lounge in the solar heated swimming pool and luscious Jacuzzi. Indulge your taste buds with a fine meal from the El Oasis Restaurant, serving savory international cuisine.
All rooms are elegantly furnished with beautiful paintings by renowned Nicaraguan artists. Most have 14 foot high ceilings and wonderful hardwood or handmade tile floors, reflecting Costa Rica's rich and diverse heritage. There are twenty quiet rooms with King Louis XV furniture, queen size beds and a private bath with hot water.
Hotel Santo Tomas Facilities
Solar heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, restaurant, bar, internet access, common areas.
All rooms come with King Louis XV furniture, queen size beds and a private bath with hot water.
Casa Conde Apartotel & Suites
Located in San Jose
Casa Conde Apartotel is located in the central valley, just thirty minutes from the Juan Santamaria International airport, and five minutes from San Jose. The central location makes it easy to access the many great attractions of Costa Rica, including volcanoes, waterfalls, coffee plantations, the rainforest and of course all the shopping and sights in San Jose.
Allow this lovely hotel to be the first to welcome you to this enchanting country by opting for the free airport pickup. This apartment hotel is fashioned after a little village, designed to give a "home like setting' for those planning to spend some time in Costa Rica vacationing or on business. Corporate personnel can take advantage of the high-tech business center, wireless internet access, and major presentation equipment.
All guests can relax in comfort in one of the single or double fully furnished suites. Each suite is equipped with a kitchen, laundry machine, living and dining area, TV and DVD player, AC, and twenty four hour security.
In this complex, you can fine dine at the Rincon del Conde Restaurant and Bar serving an array of international and typical foods or just make your order through room service. Outside the restaurant, guests can take some personal time at the swimming pool or get warm and toasty in the Jacuzzi or sauna. And of course, there is also a gym for guests that wish to exercise while traveling.
Casa Conde Apartotel & Suites Facilities
Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, 24 security, private parking, business center, restaurant, bar, airport shuttle service, gym
There are 110 fully-furnished one or two bedroom suites equipped with a TV and DVD player, fully equipped kitchen with a dining and living area, AC and laundry,
Hotel Le Bergerac
Located in San Jose
Hotel Le Bergerac is located in the capital city of San Jose in the midst of the Central Valley, just 45 minutes from the San Jose International Airport. The Central Valley is lush and green with many plantations, historical sights and surrounded by two towering volcanoes. San Jose is the most cosmopolitan city in Central America with its lively bustling streets and colorful local markets.
For some sight seeing excursions in the city itself, check out the Gold Museum and its remarkable exhibits, the National Theatre which is an architectural showpiece, and the Jade Museum boasting the largest collection in the Americas. Bird watchers will delight in a day excursion to Savegre in the Talamanca Mountains, in the midst of a precious eco system. The La Paz Waterfall is an excellent choice for nature lovers to experience trails to numerous waterfalls, hummingbird gardens, and butterfly farm.
This renowned, small luxury hotel is an oasis of tranquility created in the style of a French Inn. The wonderful tropical gardens that run throughout the grounds display beautiful tropical plants and flowers like ginger and the Bamboo Orchid. Here at our superb restaurant created by a renowned French chef you'll find yourself dining with a garden view, fine decor and a wide selection of superb cuisine and fine wines.
Hotel Le Bergerac provides guests with four room options; Standard, Superior, Deluxe and Grand rooms. Many of the rooms provide private and secluded garden patios in which you may relax and refresh both mind and spirit. All rooms have custom made furniture, delightful decor and private bathrooms. Breakfast, which is included in the room rates, is served either on the open air patio or garden restaurant.
Hotel Le Bergerac Facilities
Gardens, restaurant, laundry, parking, fax, internet, garden seating, multi lingual staff, wheelchair accessible
All rooms come with Cable TV, telephone, hair dryers, safe, and a private bathroom.
Standard rooms- 1-2 double beds,- Superior Rooms- 2 double beds or a queen, garden patio,-Deluxe Rooms- 2 queen or 1-2 king size beds, refrigerator, balcony or tropical garden patio,-Grand Rooms- two king sized beds, large walk in closets, luxury bathrooms, private tropical patio garden with furniture, and mountain views
Located in San Jose
Visit the lush central valley region of Costa Rica and stay at the four-star Hotel Presidente, in San Jose. The vibrant central valley is made up of a chain of volcanoes, rainforest and lush plantations. Guests staying at the hotel will be pleased with the ideal location, only a few blocks from San Jose&s cultural and historical landmarks such as the National Theater, and the Gold, Jade and National Museums.
Activities are plentiful in the area, so be sure to get out and explore the magic of Costa Rica. There are city tours, shopping, museums and theatres in San Jose. On the outskirts of the city are white water rafting trips, trips to volcanoes, ATV adventures, coffee tours, canyoning expeditions and much more.
Hotel Presidente offers an array of amenities. The News Cafe Restaurant features a full menu of American specialties and Costa Rican delicacies. The Sky Box Club boasts an elegant atmosphere and fine cocktails. Be sure to indulge in the spa services as well as the rooftop sundeck, equipped with a hot tub, sauna and a steam room. Guests can also take advantage of the hotel&s casino. Finally, a full breakfast buffet is included with every stay.
The hotel offers a beautiful selection of rooms. The lavish Spa rooms feature a two person Jacuzzi. The generously sized and newly renovated Junior Suites offer spacious accommodations in a warm and inviting decor, featuring a separate living room and bedroom area. The Grand Spa Suites boast a glass-enclosed two person Jacuzzi, large living room and a balcony offering unparalleled mountain views. The crowned jewel is the Master Suite with two deluxe bedrooms, a Jacuzzi, private bar, living and dining room area and an open sky shower.
Hotel Presidente Facilities
Cafe, casino, lounge bar, spa, hot tub, sauna, steam room, full breakfast, parking garage, laundry service, gym, internet access, central location
All rooms come equipped with a private bath with hot water, AC, safe, wireless internet, TV, AC and a mini fridge. Standard rooms have one or two beds. Spa rooms feature a Jacuzzi, king size bed and a sitting area. Junior Suites have a living room, bedroom and king size bed. The Grand Spa Suites boast a Jacuzzi, king size bed, living room and a balcony. Master Suites have two bedrooms with king size beds and full bathrooms, an open sky shower, bar, living room, eight person Jacuzzi and a dining room.
Fleur de Lys
Located in San Jose
Hotel Fleur de Lys is a small and charming hotel in the cultural district of San Jose. All the rooms in this lovely Victorian mansion are unique and decorated with taste and attention to detail. Fleur de Lys is a wonderful place to stay whilst you explore the San Jose area. The hotel is centrally located, only a block from the National Museum.
San Jose has a variety of restaurants, shops and museums. Within a short distance of the hotel Fleur de Lys you will find the National Museum, about the history of Costa Rica. The Gold Museum, with beautiful pre-Colombian artifacts and the Jade Museum are very interesting to visit as well. In the center of town are the National Theatre and various parks and markets to browse for souvenirs. The Central Valley has a lot to offer too, like the Poas or Irazu Volcano and La Paz Waterfalls.
Hotel Fleur de Lys offers a warm and comfortable atmosphere due to the woods and soft colors used throughout the hotel. Tropical atrium gardens provide a chance to relax outside.
All the Rooms are individually designed, have local artwork and a different look. Rooms are non-smoking, but smoking is permitted in common areas. The elegant restaurant "Obelisco" serves good New Costa Rican Cuisine.
Hotel Fleur de Lys Amenities
Restaurant and bar, gardens, internet, souvenir shop, secure parking, laundry service, currency exchange, free luggage storage.
Hotel Fleur de Lys Accommodations
Standard Rooms are located in the historical and in the newly built part on the ground floor. They have views on the various green internal patios.
The Standard Superior rooms are located on the second and third floor in the historical and new part of the hotel.They are perfect for travelers looking for spacious and enchanting accommodation.
The Suites are situated on the second and third floor of the charming historical part of the hotel. They correspond to families with up to two children and travelers looking for additional space.
The Master Suites offer plenty of space in a comfortable environment. Most suitable for honeymooners, corporate executives or those planning on staying more than a couple of nights. This suite has a Jacuzzi.